St. Anselm On Free Will Analytical Essay by The Research Group

St. Anselm On Free Will
A critical analysis of this medieval philosopher/theologian's ideas of human freedom, existence of God, divine grace and predestination.
# 19517 | 3,150 words | 1 source | 1992 | US


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"This study will discuss St. Anselm's (Anselm of Canterbury) defense and explanation of free will as expressed in his Philosophical Fragments, etc.

The study will include consideration of the definitions of free will presented by Anselm; the role of divine grace in the operation of free will; Anselm's arguments on the relationship between predestination and free will; the notions of foreknowledge, predestination and grace and their compatibility with free will; and the argument that free will not only involves determinism but is in fact inconceivable without it.

With respect to the definitions of free will as set forth by the Teacher in his conversation with the student in Anselm's De Libertate Arbitrii, Anselm writes that "The ability to keep uprightness-of-will for the sake of this uprightness itself is ..."

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